It is almost a century old debate on which ones is better for health? Tea or Coffee? Well, in a word, both. Both these beverages contain several elements that can positively affect a person’s health and immunity. But which is better and which has the side effects? There is still not confirmed verdict from researchers and the jury is still out. But we can at least take a look at what these two universally popular hot drinks have to offer in terms of health benefits.
For starters, both tea and coffee are filled with antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight oxidants in our bodies. Oxidants, also known as “Free Radicals” are very bad for our health. The primary reason behind early aging, internal organ weakening, freckles, bad skin and early grey hair is often attributed to free radicals. Antioxidants are nature’s way to fight and ward off these. There are Flavonoids in tea that help bolstering immune system of the body. Unfortunately, the people in US and some other countries hardly prefer tea over coffee. But tea drinkers get 15 to 20 times more Flavonoids in their body as compared to non-tea drinkers.
The antioxidants of tea have been proven to fight several age related and carcinogenic ailments. Research over rats and human cells has shown that daily intake of tea can greatly reduce the chances of diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Tea has also been known to reduce chances of ovarian, breast and liver cancer. it is often said to be good for heart as well. Bot green tea and black tea are good but green tea leaves are fairly less processed so they can contain more of the beneficial elements. You must be careful about which tea you pick. Some of the herbal and green teas do not contain tea leaves at all. These are made from spices, herbs and other natural elements. As long as you are drinking real tea leaves, you should be in the clear.
Coffee also has some good antioxidants in each cup. Elements such as Trigonelline and Quinine enrich each cup of warm coffee. These antioxidants are effective on Parkinson’s, Arthritis and Gout, Liver cancer and Colon cancer. It is said that during the world war two, soldiers were often needed to be put on enema for various medical procedures. During shortage of water, mildly hot coffee was used to perform the enemas and it has been observed that people with coffee enemas warded off prostate cancer and other prostate related diseases more successfully.
Coffee may or may not be good for heart patients. it has shown different effects on different people so it is still a contentious subject. The Caffeine present in coffee is almost double in quantity than that present in tea. Consumption of Caffeine stimulates the brain and drives away sleepiness. But over consuming Caffeine can be harmful for the body. So if you have a habit of chugging pot after pot of coffee while you work through nights, you may need to stop that.
Coffee consumption has been linked to miscarriages so pregnant mothers are suggested not to drink too much coffee during pregnancy. Decafs can be the way to go during these periods. But in the end it all comes down to personal preference. Both the drinks are quite good for body but tea seems to have less of the side effects as compared to coffee. People often add sugar, cream and other additives to these drinks. The effect of these additives are not covered in this article. If you drink standard black tea or coffee, you can bask in good health.
Tea and coffee are also believed to improve blood flow, remove clots and improve skin tone. But as they say, too much of anything is bad. Drinking too much tea or coffee can cause acidity, flatulence, dizziness, nausea and other side effects. So do the math and set your daily tea or coffee drinking calendar straight.